We are proud to have the following clinics and program at our institution:
LSU Health – New Orleans ALS Clinic
The Clinic provides comprehensive care and education for people living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease). ALS is a progressive motor neuron disease that causes severe damage to nerve cells that communicate with muscles. Our experienced and compassionate team works closely with patients and their families throughout their ALS journey. Our goal is to partner with patients to maximize patient's health, functioning, and ability using available therapy, equipment, exercise, and nutrition.
The ALS clinical team specializes in neuromuscular disorders and other conditions associated with ALS. After thorough assessment, the team works closely with patients to create a comprehensive clinical care plan, including respiratory evaluations, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutrition, speech and swallowing, mental health, and access to resources.
At the initial clinical consultation and each follow up clinic visit, the team provides education on all aspects of ALS, ongoing clinical care, integration into the multidisciplinary clinical approach, neurological assessment, and customized plan of care. The ALS clinical team works to educate and include the patient and family, empowering them in their own care plan for their ALS journey.
The LSU Health – New Orleans ALS Clinic is also a training ground for students attending school at LSUHSC. We have students from our schools of Medicine and Allied Health who gain valuable experience learning from those they see and will take that knowledge and experience into our communities.
History of the LSU Health – New Orleans ALS Clinic
In May of 2013, the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) announced the designation of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans School of Medicine as an official MDA/ALS Center. This designation recognized the high standards of care offered by a team of specialized physicians and therapists for people in the Gulf South living with ALS. LSU Health – New Orleans is the first and only MDA/ALS Center in Louisiana, joining a national network of MDA/ALS Centers providing a multidisciplinary team of medical professionals skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of ALS.
In 2014, the Amyotrophic Lateral Association (ALS) named the LSU Health – New Orleans ALS Clinic as an ALS Association Recognized Treatment Center.
Nerve conductions and electromyography are performed to evaluate disorders involving muscle and nerve. These studies are performed by our neuromuscular specialists, Dr.John England, Dr. Michael Charlet and Dr. Rima El-Abassi. Appointments can be scheduled by calling the LSU Healthcare Network Clinic at (504) 412-1517.
Epilepsy Clinic (Adult)
The Epilepsy Clinics serve as the hub for outpatient services for the LSUHSC Epilepsy Center of Excellence. The Center Epileptologists specialize in the diagnosis of epilepsy and the treatment of persons with epilepsy who have not responded to routine medications. The Epilepsy Center is the only accredited 4th level comprehensive epilepsy care center in the State of LA and the Gulf South region. Epilepsy Center professionals offer multiple treatment options including aggressive medication management, vagus nerve stimulation, epilepsy surgery and investigational medications and devices to treat seizures. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Piotr Olejniczak, Center Director and Senior Epileptologist, please call (504) 412-1517 and use the new patient referral form under 'Adult Appointments' on our website (www.epilepsycenter.info).
Epilepsy Clinic (Pediatric)
Children with epilepsy are evaluated at the Children's Hospital Epilepsy Center by Dr. Jeremy Toler and Dr. Daniella Miller. Dr. Toler is the Director of the Children's Hospital Epilepsy Center and serves as the Director of Pediatric Epilepsy for the LSUHSC Epilepsy Center of Excellence. The Children's Hospital Epilepsy Center offers diagnostic testing and treatment for epilepsy in children, including medication management, the ketogenic diet, vagus nerve stimulation and epilepsy surgery. Investigational medications may also be available. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Toler or Dr. Miller, please contact the pediatric epilepsy clinic at (504) 896-9859. Please use the new patient referral form under 'Pediatric Clinic Appointments' on our website (www.epilepsycenter.info).
Multiple Sclerosis Clinic
This clinic is approved and affiliated with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The LSU MS Clinic is staffed by Clinic Director, Dr. Jesus Lovera, who is a specialist in the evaluation and treatment of patients with Multiple Sclerosis. Referrals to the clinic can be made by contacting the MS Clinic at (504) 412-1517. All of the physicians in the MS Clinic are involved in MS research. Visti our website at www.medschool.lsuhsc.edu/msclinic/
LSU Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic (Adult)
In May of 2013, the Muscular Dystrophy Association announced the designation of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans School of Medicine as an official MDA/ALS Center. The designation makes LSUHSC the first MDA/ALS Center in Louisiana and recognizes the high standards of care offered by a team of specialized physicians and therapists for people in the Greater New Orleans area who are living with Muscular Dystrophies. LSUHSC is the 44th designated MDA/ALS Center in the country, joining a national network of MDA/ALS Centers that provide a multidisciplinary team of medical professionals skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of Muscular Dystrophies. LSUHSC has built a comprehensive medical team of clinicians including a board-certified neurologist, a pulmonologist, and respiratory, physical and speech therapists and a social worker. The clinic provides medical treatment that addresses the primary neuromuscular disorder as well as supportive therapy for complications of the primary disorder. Patients are referred to different subspecialties for follow up on associated disorders linked to their muscular dystrophy, as deemed necessary on individual basis. The Social worker works closely with the patients to address their needs in regard to mobility/transfer supplies and home/vehicle adjustments to accommodate the patients’ lifestyle and provide the best quality of life. Patients are counseled about advances of treatment in the field and provided with contact information to support groups around the nation.
This is a multidisciplinary clinic sponsored by the Muscular Dystrophy Association that serves patients with neuromuscular disorders. One full day clinic is held per month. Appointments and Referrals are made directly through the Muscular Dystrophy Association Program Service Coordinator for the New Orleans area, Ms. Ehren Malone. Please call (504) 455-4460 to schedule an appointment. The Medical Director of the LSU MDA Clinic is Dr. Rima EL-Abassi. The LSU MDA/ALS Clinic is located at the LSU Healthcare Network, 478 S. Johnson Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, (504) 412-1517.
Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic (Pediatrics)
The Muscular Dystrophy Association sponsors three clinics per month at Children's Hospital of New Orleans. Two clinics are staffed by three Child Neurologists who are actively involved in the diagnosis and care of patients with disorders of nerve or muscle. The Neuromuscular Clinic is a combined multidisciplinary clinic affiliated with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Care is provided through a multidisciplinary approach including pediatric Orthopedists, Child Neurologists, and pediatric Pulmonary specialists to address the more complex needs of neuromuscular patients such as mobility, scoliosis surgery, and mechanical-assisted ventilation.
Pediatric Movement Disorders Clinic
This clinic is held monthly at Children's Hospital and is staffed by Dr. Stephen Deputy in association with members from the LSU Department of Psychology. The clinic specializes in seeing patients with various involuntary motor movements including chorea, dystonia, tremor, parkinsonism, and tics (including Tourette's syndrome). Please call (504) 896-9319 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Spasticity Clinic (Pediatrics)
Spasticity Clinic is devoted to the care of children and adolescence with functional limitations due to abnormalities of tone such as spasticity and dystonia. The clinic provides a comprehensive approach to the use of traditional as well as new techniques in patient management. Examples include therapy, oral medications, botulinum toxin and intrathecal baclofen. Depending on the specific clinic, Neurology is teamed with Physical Therapy, Orthopedics, or Neurosurgery. Please contact (504) 896-9283 to schedule an appointment.